Slumber party sass

Teenage Dreams (Brisbane Powerhouse & Troy Armstrong Management)

Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre

April 17 – 18

“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing though the fire, ‘cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar.” With this, Josh Daveta begins his solo cabaret show “Teenage Dreams”. And roar he does, presenting audience members with a sassy showcase of his exceptional vocal talents.

The cabaret show features Daveta taking the audience on an emotional trip through breakups, hook-ups and bedroom romps, set to a diva soundtrack of Top 40 songs from Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Britney, Beyonce and Gaga. Diva denominator aside, the songs work well together to expand the show’s moments, often becoming complete stories unto themselves into which the audience becomes absorbed, enticed by the delicious intimacy of their internal moments, as much as their juxtaposition with the buoyancy and bombast of the brasher comic numbers.

Daveta’s performance is full of personality, culminating in an energetic and fun ‘Single Ladies’ routine. He easily takes the audience from humour to heart-break, such is his vocal nuance and range. Whether scatting, piano playing or belting out a power ballad, Daveta’s versatility and talent are clear. Nothing is sacred as he engages with the audience through interaction and participation, showing how “Teenage Dreams” literally has a song for everyone.  The result is a crassy, sassy slumber party that will, as the final ‘Firework’ song suggests, leave you in awe. And like a good (albeit adults-only) slumber party, there’s no nodding off during this vibrant and humourous hour of musical entertainment;  it’s got onsies, donuts and a whole lot of good times to have you clapping and singing along, and leaving in joyous cheer.


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